March 12, 2008 |
Holly McPeak, one of the most accomplished women's beach volleyball players of all-time, announced Tuesday that the 2008 season, her 18th as a professional, would be her last. McPeak, 38, is a three-time Olympian who won a bronze medal with Elaine Youngs in 2004. She has 72 career victories worldwide, which is third only to Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh -- both of whom passed McPeak last year -- and she is a four-time AVP most valuable player and seven-time defensive player of the year.
August 10, 2007 |
The AVP Tour is in Manhattan Beach this weekend with all its stars in tow -- a welcome relief for the players, agents, attorneys and tour officials who for most of this season have been battling behind the scenes. The issue: players' rights, with the most pressing concern whether athletes could skip certain AVP events to play on the international tour and earn valuable Olympic qualification points.
February 16, 2007 |
In a decision that dissenters say sets a precarious precedent, the California Coastal Commission approved a proposal by the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour that will allow the AVP to charge admission for 90% of spectators at the Hermosa Beach Open. The proposal, which passed by a 6-5 margin Wednesday, will generate additional revenue for the financially struggling tour, and help keep the sport on Southern California sands, instead of moving the tournaments to venues that allow admission fees.
August 11, 2006 |
Summertime on Southern California beaches has long been known for blue skies, surfers and bikini-clad bodies. But one staple of the beach lifestyle may soon be on its way out. The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour is considering moving three of its unprofitable events off local beaches because of a dispute with the California Coastal Commission over how many fans can be charged for admission.
March 7, 2005 |
The Assn. of Volleyball Professionals positioned itself for unprecedented growth last week when it completed a groundbreaking merger agreement that would make it a publicly traded company. The merger with Othnet Inc., originally signed in June and completed on Feb. 28, makes the AVP the first professional sports league in the United States to go public and is the latest in a series of moves by AVP Commissioner Leonard Armato to resuscitate a tour that filed for bankruptcy in 1999.
June 5, 2004 |
Beach volleyball players have long recognized the Manhattan Beach Open as the top event on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Nissan Series and fans of the sport hold the tournament in high regard. But what the so-called "Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball" needs to attain true major championship status is growth, something the AVP tour has been pushing for, but city of Manhattan Beach officials have met with lukewarm enthusiasm.